Plants help humans achieve better health. But when it comes to commercialized farming, when plants compounds are removed and altered, they actually result in illness.
Plants are the main ingredients in our foods.
Plant compounds are also the main starting point for drug development.
If ensuring a healthier food supply is higher costs of foods, then, that is a price we should be happy to pay.
I am doubtful that America will come to grips with its real problem, too much illness and no hope of curtailing the behavior that created it.
So my effort is directed to the 'healthy minority'.
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Plants provide the necessary O2 needed to sustain life. They also recycle the CO2 that is discarded when we breath.
They create carbohydrates from the CO2.
Air into food.
Energy is constantly being converted from one form into another. And just as the Big-Bang made all this possible, biological energy transfers between Kingdoms, define life.
The synergism of Nature needs to be reflected in the human diet. Forks over knives.
Plants, both as food and as supplements, improve both human health as well as athletic performance.
These two qualities improve because plants are Nature's libraries.
Plants are part of every healing strategy because of their power to prevent disease. This program utilizes these plants to improve exercise performance and speed recovery from it.
Healing in advance of illness produces exceptional health. Healing is the greatest PED on the planet.
Preventive medicine is based on a daily routine of exercise and sound nutrition. The same formula can be taken to an extreme level by elite athletes. The results are phenomenal.
The more intense the workout, the more fit the athlete becomes.
Fitness is the best yardstick to measure health.
This strategy promotes good health and extends youth.
The material presented on these pages can be summed up by an oft repeated statement.
Let Food be they Medicine.
Plants are Nature's medicines
Plants are grown, picked, assembled and packaged as food. Some provide wondrous flavor and taste while others are valued because of their medicinal activity. They are the source of many of today's new drugs.
The same foods improve athletic performance.
Good food is also essential to sedentary, former athletes as well. Especially those who want to return to an activity they once loved.
Everyone needs exercise in their life. They need to fuel it and recover from it. Plants do this best.
While this strategy elevates the value of plants, it is not a vegan approach to dieting. Moderation is recommended instead.
Exercise and colorful food stimulates the body's self-correcting forces to heal itself.
Athletes personify good health.
Elite athletes personify exceptional health.
I developed a regimen that helped me focus and stay concentrated during exercise. While it may have only modestly improved execution it vastly accelerated recovery from any trauma or injuries I might have incurred.
In fact, I believe food is the greatest performance enhancement drug known and is far better than any known PED.
Any athlete who is taking banned substances needs to read this. They must reject the advice of bogus charlatans masquerading as body biochemists.
They need to follow the advice of this doctor who has advised some of the most celebrated athletes on the best way to use this natural PED.
The compounds in plants both fuel exercise and help the body recover from it.
This program anticipates a huge increase in nutritional and oxidative demands due to the exercise it recommends, and provides the best foods and herbs to meet that need.
The side effect of this PED is the prevention of disease.
These meals are designed for people who exercise.
It is an active life-style, diet.
Without exercise this diet is useless.
This strategy is not a quick fix to lose weight. It instead, offers a method to improve health, enhance athletic performance, and minimize bodily injury.
The rational behind this lofty goal is based on the early tenants of the Ancient Healers.
Their beliefs and practices emphasized prevention. Their medicines, the foods they ate.
Let Food Be Thy Medicine
This program borrows from their medical philosophy and offers it as a prescription for twenty-first century living.
It's an elitist approach to healthcare. Take care of your own health.
This is a preventive strategy originally designed by Traditional healers who used local plants to reverse the outward symptoms of disease.
This type of healing is based on ethnopharmacology.
Healing by folk medicine is what many call it.
Traditional or folk medicine denotes the health practices of Native peoples. This includes American Indians, Arabs, Amazonian and African tribes as well as the Ancient Greek, Indian and Chinese peoples. Their medicine depended on the use of plants or botanicals to prevent and cure illness.
Herbal cures are still used by a majority of the earth’s population.
The concept of healing was first developed under three main Traditional Medical Systems.
The Greek, Chinese and Ayurvedic medical arts are really philosophies of health. Their approach to health is based on balance and specifically designed to fit the indigenous peoples of the lands and environments it grew out of. It was invariably the one that best suited the culture it sprang from.
Each method explained the physiologic, pathogenic and therapeutic processes in terms of contrasting pairs of understandable qualities (hot/cold, dry/wet, light/dark, active/passive, strait/curved, yin/yang, good and evil.
The main thrust of ancient therapies is to return the body to a state of harmony by reversing stress through the use of plants.
These herbs contained mixtures of compounds. Since each plant has its own universe of compounds, combining these plants as they did in their remedies and tonics, provides a safe method to reverse illness.
Traditional healing depends on the use of plants or botanicals to prevent and cure illness. The foods and beverages the locals consumed contained colorful antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory compounds.
Plants contain carbohydrates, proteins and fats, as well as a library of plant steroids, antioxidants, complexed sugars and nitrogen based alkaloids.
Plants contain different combinations of these compounds in varying proportions. This gives a plant its specific characteristic color, taste and odor as well as its medicinal potential.
Plant sterols (saponins) structurally resemble human steroids and are lipid soluble.
Alkaloids have nitrogen incorporated into a water soluble structure.
Botanical anti-inflammatory foods (Ginger, Garlic, Chili Peppers, Turmeric, Boswellia) together with their rich supply of antioxidants help injuries heal quicker and may prevent them from occurring in the first place. The historical use of such plants, and the simplicity of eating a plant or capsule, tea or oil derived from a plant, makes good medical sense.
The medicinally active compounds are the plant’s soapy sterols and colorful alkaloids. They are often found in multiple versions and are chemically separated into groups like saponins, flavonoids, and polyphenols.
Antioxidants are divided into water soluble (hydrophilic) oxidants that act in water based fluids like cytoplasm and blood plasma to protect cell reactions and lipid soluble (hydrophobic) whereas lipid-soluble antioxidants, protect cell membranes from lipid peroxidation.
The library of compounds present in plants provides built in balances to prevent harmful side effects. Their overall effect on biological systems is thus moderated producing a safer reaction than that produced by pharmaceutical drugs.
Since botanical must gain entry via the digestive system, they are less effective in reaching their target compared to pharmaceutical drugs. What whole plants lack in effectiveness they more than make up for in safety.
The methods and materials of the Ancients stand in sharp contrast to Western medicine, which is based on a uniform treatment (surgical or otherwise) to combat illness.
Western medicine relies on diagnosis to intercept and treat disease in a very predictable and consistent manner. The Traditional approaches on the other hand, focused their attention on the individuality of the patient and preventing disease.
Thus the primary philosophical difference between the Traditional approach and the modern, scientific approach is the latter’s emphasis on treatment and not prevention.